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Esdec looks for partners as it expands distribution across Europe
16 Oct 2017 at 10:55am
SPONSORED: Frustrated with the racking systems on the market, former installation company Esdec designed its own. A decade on it is expanding its geographic footprint and on the hunt for new distribution partners.



The hidden cause of module degradation and how to avoid it in your future deployments
10 Oct 2017 at 6:27pm
SPONSORED: Falling system prices have been a key driver of PV's recent growth and competitiveness, but upfront costs are only one part of the equation for long-term profitability within the solar power industry. Maximising any given system’s cumulative power output over its lifetime is critical to lowering the levelised cost of electricity (LCOE) and maximising investment returns.



Why 2018 could be a breakthrough year for ‘Made-in-India’ module exports
10 Oct 2017 at 4:33am
Things can change very quickly in the solar industry, and no more so than when new trade-related cases are introduced or existing ones are amended in scope. Often companies – and in particular module suppliers relying on export revenues – suddenly find themselves with a golden opportunity that was previously not in their strategies, or have barriers unlocked that remove competitors based in other countries.



NGP to build 14MW floating solar plant in Taiwan
20 Oct 2017 at 9:15am
Taiwan-based PV developer and EPC firm New Green Power (NGP) is to build a 14MW floating solar project in northern Taiwan, according to company director Kai Tan.



Victoria’s Renewable Energy Target introduced
20 Oct 2017 at 8:58am
A 650MW auction scheme for renewable energy projects will also start in a few weeks.



FPL more than halfway through installation of 596MW PV pipeline in Florida
20 Oct 2017 at 4:21am
Florida Power & Light Company (FPL) has installed more than half of the 2.5 million solar panels that will comprise an eight-project, 596MW PV pipeline that will power Florida customers by early 2018.



PV Talk: Thailand goes hybrid while prices hit Malaysian solar
20 Oct 2017 at 4:00am
With one month to go before the Solar and Off-Grid Renewables Southeast Asia conference in Bangkok, PV Tech caught up with Franck Constant, president of renewables and storage investment platform Constant Energy, to discuss the current state of solar in the largest Southeast Asian markets.



Austrian Solar begins work on 98MW PV project in Chile
20 Oct 2017 at 2:59am
Austrian Solar has carried out its ground-breaking ceremony for the Huatacondo PV plant in the commune of Pozo Almonte, Chile.



ENGIE to acquire Fenix International to spur development in African off-grid solar
20 Oct 2017 at 1:45am
ENGIE and Fenix have announced a transaction in which Engie will acquire 100% of Fenix International, an energy generation company offering Solar Home Systems (SHS) in Africa.



Alliant Energy completes Iowa’s largest PV project
20 Oct 2017 at 1:30am
Alliant Energy Iowa announced that it has put Iowa’s largest PV installation into service — with the record-breaking project one of two new solar energy sites from Alliant Energy.



Heraeus launches SOL9651D paste for Diamond-Wire-Cut multicrystalline solar cells
19 Oct 2017 at 5:33pm
Heraeus Photovoltaics has introduced a new paste specifically designed for Diamond-Wire-Cut (DWC) multicrystalline solar cells at the PV Taiwan International Photovoltaic Exhibition.



PV ModuleTech: Making sense of solar panel developments
19 Oct 2017 at 1:55pm
PV Tech talked with PV Lighthouse’s Malcolm Abbot ahead of PV ModuleTech 2017, being held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on 7-8 November 2017. Malcolm will be a guest speaker at the event.




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Renowned award for solar energy project cluster for Antigua & Barbuda
20 Oct 2017 at 1:19pm
With its 10 MWp clean energy project cluster, planned, designed and realised for the Caribbean twin-island state Antigua and Barbuda, the solar energy provider PV Energy has been selected by the CREF Project Award Advisory Committee to win the award “Best Utility Scale Solar”.

Sunpower To Supply 291 Megawatts in France
19 Oct 2017 at 2:39pm
Sunpower, a majority-owned subsidiary of Total SA, announced that it will supply 291 megawatts of solar panels to projects awarded in the second round of France's CRE tender process.

Novel process for producing high-voltage cathodes for lithium-ion batteries
19 Oct 2017 at 10:20am
Dr. Jennifer Ludwig of the Technical University of Munich (TUM) has developed a process that allows a fast, simple, and cost-effective production of the promising cathode material lithium cobalt phosphate in high quality. The chemist was awarded the Evonik Research Prize for her work.

Solar energy supports industrial processes
18 Oct 2017 at 1:12pm
Whether it’s drying, cleaning or pre-heating: There is a large number of heating processes used in the industrial and commercial sector which can be supported with solar thermal energy. In the long term, companies can use this energy to improve their CO2 balances and save on energy costs. The current BINE-Themeninfo brochure, “Solar process heat”, presents potential areas of use and the particular technical features.

Asia Clean Capital and Danone China start solar projects
17 Oct 2017 at 12:26pm
Asia Clean Capital (ACC) and Danone China Food & Beverage (Danone) held the grid-connection ceremony for Danone Zhongshan factory’s solar project in Zhongshan City, Guangdong Province.

Building Energy celebrates the beginning of production at its photovoltaic power plant in Uganda
17 Oct 2017 at 10:25am
Building Energy S.p.A, multinational company operating as a Globally Integrated IPP (Integrated Power Producer) in the Renewable Energy Industry, announces the Inauguration of the Tororo Solar Plant, its first photovoltaic system in Uganda.

Heijmans to undertake Solar Highways project
16 Oct 2017 at 11:57am
Heijmans, one of the three largest construction companies in the Netherlands is going to realise a new project involving power-generating noise barriers: Solar Highways.

Sonnen builts first Sonnen-City in the USA
13 Oct 2017 at 12:46pm
In the US state of Arizona, a new city is being built in which every 3,000 homes produce, store and network their own electricity. According to his own data, Sonnen is currently implementing the largest home storage project in the US.

A Stanford battery based on sodium may offer more cost-effective storage than lithium
11 Oct 2017 at 12:15pm
Industrial forecasts predict an insatiable need for battery farms to store renewable energy like solar and wind. Lithium ion batteries may remain tops for sheer performance, but when cost-per-storage is factored in, a Stanford design based on sodium ions offers promise.

Hanwha Q Cells Powers Manufacturing Plant of CN Industries
11 Oct 2017 at 10:52am
A 84 kW Q.FLAT-G4.1 photovoltaic system powers the manufacturing plant of doming specialist CN Industries in France.


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